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Land trusts versus the housing crisis

In the face of Boston’s hot development market, city officials and community leaders are seeking ways to safeguard neighborhoods against gentrification. One idea with roots in the 1960s and 70s has returned to the forefront: community land trusts. Recently the ...

City seeks innovative housing proposals for Roxbury

The city is offering several Roxbury land parcels for sale to developers as part of a pilot competition to encourage the creation of “compact” multifamily rental or ownership housing with a range of affordability.

Cresset Development, LLC’s Chinatown proposal

On November 1, the Boston Planning & Development Agency allowed Cresset Development LLC’s proposal to renovate an existing Chinatown site to move forward.

Eduporium brings computers to the classroom

Rick Fredkin is something of a legend in the Boston tech community. Working with computers his whole life, Fredkin entered the industry professionally at age 12. Since then he’s acquired over 20 years of experience, working everywhere from Fortune 500 ...

The Smartick method helps kids beat math anxiety

In 2009, entrepreneurs Javier Arroyo and Daniel Devega founded Smartick as a homework supplement. They wanted to create a way for students to see results, despite spending just fifteen minutes a day using their system. Instead of a grade-level based ...

RARE Moving Company looking to expand statewide and nationally

Making it through the first year of a start-up business is never a sure thing, but by September 1, 2008 Kamaul Reid knew he was on his way to success. That’s when his aunt, sitting in the living room of ...

Soledad O'Brien — telling stories that matter

Starfish Media is a full-service production and distribution company offering a range of quality shows such as documentaries, branded content, town halls and other programs featuring stories of the “under-voiced.” O’Brien believes the show fills a gap in political discourse ...

Interise: Changing the game for small business

Eighty percent of small businesses do not make it past the startup phase — and yet, almost all the small business technical assistance and support is focused on early stage or start-up businesses. According to, Jean Horstman, CEO of Interise, ...

The Charles River Museum of Industry and Innovation

Located just west of Boston in the Francis Cabot Lowell Mill, the Charles River Museum is just a short walk from the MBTA Waltham commuter rail stop on the Fitchburg line. Its mission is to encourage and inspire future innovation ...

Imajine That founder Susan Leger Ferraro aims to close the education achievement gap

Humanitarian, CEO, pioneer, teacher, leadership guru — all these words describe Susan Leger Ferraro, a serial social entrepreneur who has worked to make lives better for thousands of Boston area families and children. She has created several successful businesses, all ...

Graphic designer Julie Phillips gets a head start at EpiCenter Community

For Julie Phillips, founder and CEO of Jesignz Graphix, design starts with a feeling. Phillips took the leap into a full-time business with the help of the Epicenter Community Accelerate Boston program. The accelerator program is designed to start and ...

Artlifting combines the power of art and business

ArtLifting is an inspiring Boston-based company that provides homeless and disabled artists a market for their art while transforming their lives for the better. With ArtLifting’s help, Stacey Williams of Boston was able to make a new life as an ...

SBA makes no-fee loans

The U.S. Small Business Administration is helping bolster the small business economy in Massachusetts through capital lending programs including low- and no-fee loans and lender matching services.

Neponset River Greenway extension nearly complete

The 1.3-mile pathway will connect Boston’s Blue Hill Avenue with Milton’s Central Avenue, and give residents new opportunities for recreational activities while experiencing local natural beauty.

City studies changing Boston demographics

Hosted by Imagine Boston 2030 and the Boston Planning and Development Agency’s research division, the Boston by the Numbers series is an opportunity for Bostonians to see and discuss the data and trends that help guide long-range city planning.